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WTXL sits down with DeSantis before next week's midterm election

Posted at 6:04 PM, Nov 01, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-01 15:04:26-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) – Florida will elect a new Governor in the midterm election on November 6.

It has been a tense race between the two candidates, Democratic nominee Andrew Gillum and Republican Nominee Ron DeSantis.

WTXL recently sat down with DeSantis for a satellite interview to talk about his stance on some of the issues that matter most to Floridians.

Education fair wages for teachers and access to a quality public education is top of mind for many Floridians as the gubernatorial race draws to a close.  

"I'm proposing that 80-percent of the money we spend on public education go directly into the classroom. That would be used to reward teachers, to recruit teachers and for different technology in the classroom things that can help students directly," said DeSantis.

He also said there is currently too much bureaucracy in the public school system and that the money that goes in isn't doing much to provide a good education for our students.

"Not only are we going to pay teachers what they are worth. We are going to work to ensure that every one of our kids gets access to a good, high quality public education,"said Gillum.

DeSantis also talked about attracting investors to the state and boosting the economy.

"I will keep taxes low. We will have what I think is record investment into Florida and these will be industries like manufacturing, financial services, technology those are good jobs which in a tight labor market means rising salaries and rising wages,"said DeSantis.

As for the environment, Gillum said Florida is the epicenter of global warming and that we should educate other states about what to do about climate change.